7 Cool & Cheap Things To Do This Weekend: Neuwave!, Iguanas, Jack Saunders, Etc.

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One final reminder that Belgian electronic body music groundbreakers Front 242's show originally scheduled for tonight at Numbers has been cancelled (for some time, it looks like), but we're guessing Classic Numbers might toss in "Headhunter" or "Never Stop" anyway. If not, you'll hear EBM and every other subdivision of '80s alternative at Boondocks' Neuwave! with Ceeplus Bad Knives, Mr. Castillo and DJ Shamley.

Benjamin Wesley, whom we glimpsed grooving at the "Jandek rave" Sunday at Big Star, has been making the rounds promoting his new CD, Think/Thoughts. It's been drawing much praise, all of it deserved. He packed Cactus at his in-store last weekend, and tonight gives Think/Thoughts a proper release at Fitz with The Niceguys and Kruangbin. $10.

New Orleans swamp-rock monsters the Iguanas play a free show at Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge. Local '60s psych cover band Picture Book opens, and don't forget two nights of Southern Culture on the Skids next door at the Continental Club tonight and Saturday.

One of Houston's shining lights of the great alternative-country scare in the '90s, the Hollisters reunited for a handful of shows late last year and decided to stick around awhile. The band plays Blanco's tonight as a warmup gig for the Houston International Festival later in the month.

Cactus Music must be running a shuttle between there and McGonigel's Mucky Duck this weekend, or they ought to. Tonight at the Duck, perennial Houston singer-songwriter Jack Saunders releases his new album, the chiming, reflective A Real Good Place to Start. Tomorrow on Norfolk, Ray Wylie Hubbard growls through his new The Grifter's Hymnal. Both men stop by Cactus Saturday, Saunders at 1 p.m. and Hubbard at 4 p.m.. For good measure, Houston's Funky Mustard salutes their own new CD, Rebeluzion, to close out the day at 6 p.m.

Houston native Sarah Sharp, voice of Austin '30s/'40s swing cats the Jitterbug Vipers, goes the folk-pop route (with a hint of jazz) with a solo gig Saturday outside on the patio of Natachee's Supper & Punch. 7 p.m.

Nation of Ulysses were once peers with Ian MacKaye and Fugazi in the late-'80s D.C., before Ian Svenonius and his mates took on a much more mod-ish tilt in the Make-Up, falling in love with soul and R&B 45s but still playing like a punk rock band. Svenonius brings his latest group Chain & the Gang to the new Walter's Saturday with two of Houston's better post-punk artists themselves, the Wiggins and Balaclavas. The Fistful of Soul DJs spin all night between sets too. $8.

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